Watkins Glen State Park is one of my favorite places to visit. The campgrounds are wonderful, bathrooms are clean with flush toilets and running water, and the hiking trails are great. The best trail is called the Gorge Trail and is the one that everyone comes to hike. The trail is carved right into sides of the gorge and goes up over 800 steps over about a mile and a half. It goes over, under and through 19 waterfalls along the way. Although the waterfalls weren’t flowing as much as I have seen in the past, it was still an extremely beautiful place to visit!
Go early to avoid the crowds. There are trails that break off from the Gorge Trail, but they have very limited views (if any) of the falls so I would suggest hiking the whole Gorge Trail from the bottom to the top. Once there you have a few options – you can take a shuttle back to the parking lot (check to make sure it is running when you go because it doesn’t run year round), you can take the Indian Trail most of the way back to a point where it meets back up with the Gorge Trail (like I said there are very limited views of the water, but the trail is nice to walk on although a bit steep in places), or you can hike back down the gorge trail! There is also a trail from the campground that connects to the Gorge Trail, but does so at the mile point.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on this trail so JoJo had to stay home (even though I saw 3 dogs that people snuck in – why risk it people?? The trail is too busy for that!)
Enjoy a few more views from the trail:
Is Watkins Glen on your list of must go places? 🙂